Port Feasibility Study Released
Humboldt Bay is “not suitable” for modern cargo operations. So says the just-released Redwood Marine Terminal Feasibility Study. The train isn’t a good idea, either.
“There is concern about the adequacy of a restored North Coast rail infrastructure to efficiently service high volume and time sensitive intermodal container markets beyond California.
− These concerns include: sufficient train bypass sidings; frequency of weather disruptions; number of grade level crossings; ability to accommodate 7,000 to 8,000-foot unit trains; movement of trains including night traffic through Eureka and other communities along the rail corridor. In addition, there is concern over interaction with other rail traffic (freight and passenger rail traffic) and if priority will be given to intermodal container trains.
− Potential port users would be concerned about the ability of the local and regional rail system to accommodate the surge of import intermodal rail traffic at the same time as handling the return flow of export containers by rail for loading on the ship. Each call by a 6,000 TEU transpacific container ship that discharges and loads all its cargo at Humboldt Bay (3,000 import and 3,000 export containers) would generate 24 unit trains (12 import trains and 12 export trains assuming 250 containers per unit train).”